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Bangor, Maine: The place where diverted flights go

May 23, 2012

By DAVID SHARP and GLENN ADAMS, Associated Press

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Given the size of the place, the name "Bangor International Airport" might seem a little grandiose. But the airport actually gets an outsize share of international visitors.

Of course, many of them are accidental tourists who ...

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Band mates say FAMU victim volunteered to be hazed

May 23, 2012

By KYLE HIGHTOWER and MIKE SCHNEIDER, Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Robert Champion was known for his opposition to the hazing rampant in the Florida A&M University marching band, but he was vying to be lead drum major and wanted the respect he could earn by enduring a brutal ritual known ...

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Rep. King: CIA, Pentagon, too close to filmmakers

May 23, 2012

By LARRY MARGASAK, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee chairman charged Wednesday that the CIA and Defense Department jeopardized national security by cooperating too closely with filmmakers producing a movie on the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

Homeland Security Committee ...

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Man says Ore. psychiatrist told him he wasn't gay

May 23, 2012

By STEVEN DuBOIS, Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Max Hirsh says he sensed something wasn't quite right when the psychiatrist focused on his failures with sports and teenage girls, as well as his deficient relationships with older men, particularly his father.

Hirsh became convinced of the ...

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NY bride who faked cancer sentenced to time served

May 23, 2012

By JIM FITZGERALD, Associated Press

GOSHEN, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York woman who faked having cancer so donors would pay for her wedding and Caribbean honeymoon was sentenced Wednesday to the nearly two months she has already served in jail for duping individuals and businesses out of more ...

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No charges for passenger who caused jet diversion

May 23, 2012

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A French woman accused of causing a US Airways flight to be diverted to Maine by claiming she had a surgically implanted device will soon be headed back home, officials said Wednesday.

U.S. Attorney Thomas Delahanty II told a federal magistrate judge that the evidence ...

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Inquiry hears of wider Secret Service misbehavior

May 23, 2012

By CALVIN WOODWARD and LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators investigating the Secret Service prostitution scandal said Wednesday that dozens of reported episodes of misconduct by agents point to a culture of carousing in the agency and urged Director Mark Sullivan to get ...

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Clinton, military leaders plead for sea treaty

May 23, 2012

By DONNA CASSATA, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and military leaders implored conservative Republicans on Wednesday to approve a long-spurned high seas treaty, saying it would create jobs, open a new path to oil, gas and other resources and bolster ...

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LA Council moves to ban plastic grocery bags

May 23, 2012

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles City Council has moved toward banning plastic bags at grocery stores in the nation's second-largest city.

The council voted 13-1 Wednesday to approve a policy that would ban single-use plastic bags.

The ban would take effect later this year after an ...

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Person visited neonatal units before TB diagnosis

May 23, 2012

By MARCUS WOHLSEN, Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A person with an active case of tuberculosis who visited two Northern California neonatal intensive care units had a valid reason to be there and had not been diagnosed at the time, officials said Wednesday.

Little information has been ...

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Moon Chips From Vegas Casino Mogul Sent to NASA

May 23, 2012

By KEN RITTER, Associated Press

LAS VEGAS (AP) — It's been a long, strange trip for what appears to be several tiny chips of lunar rock that found their way into a casino mogul's hands after being collected by the first men on the moon.

If they're real, they were plucked from the lunar surface by ...

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Commercial Space Race Gets Crowded Behind SpaceX

May 23, 2012

By SETH BORENSTEIN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — A privately built space capsule that's zipping its way to the International Space Station has also launched something else: A new for-profit space race.

The capsule called Dragon was due to arrive near the space station for tests early Thursday ...

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Illinois man describes hours trapped in Iowa cave

May 23, 2012

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — An Illinois man who was trapped in an Iowa cave for 20 hours said he wasn't initially worried when he got stuck the narrow passage, but he lost track of time and turned to prayer as a dozen rescuers took turns crawling through 300 feet of twists and turns to free him.

Logan ...

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Mystery deer growth pitting hunters against Hawaii

May 23, 2012

By AUDREY McAVOY, Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) — Deer can swim, but not very far. When they showed up for the first time on the Big Island of Hawaii, mystified residents wondered how they got there.

The island is some 30 miles southeast of Maui, where deer are plentiful.

Hawaii wildlife ...

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Tales of lunar rocks through the years

May 23, 2012

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The saga of lunar rock traveling from the first moon landing in 1969 to the Las Vegas Strip in 1987 and back to NASA in 2012 recalls other moon rock stories. Here are a few:

— CASINO MAGNATE: If they are authentic, four tiny chips of moon rock given by then-President Richard Nixon ...

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Highway, bridge tolls higher for out-of-towners

May 23, 2012

By JOAN LOWY, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some tolling authorities have found a way to give local motorists a discount on tolls while charging out-of-towners a higher rate for using the same roads and bridges.

The E-ZPass electronic toll reading system used by 24 tolling agencies in 14 ...

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Secret Service agent fired in 2008 prostitute case

May 23, 2012

By ALICIA A. CALDWELL, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan says an agent was fired in 2008 after being caught in a Washington prostitution scandal.

Sullivan told a Senate panel that the on-duty agent was caught trying to hire an undercover police officer and ...

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Secret Service boss: 'I apologize'

May 23, 2012

By ALICIA A. CALDWELL, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan has apologized for the conduct of employees caught up on a Colombia prostitution scandal.

At a Senate hearing on the scandal Wednesday, Sullivan apologized "for the conduct of these employees and the ...

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Library of Congress taps 25 sounds for registry

May 23, 2012

By BRETT ZONGKER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — From rare audio interviews of former slaves to recordings by Donna Summer and the Grateful Dead, 25 sounds that shaped the American cultural landscape are being inducted into the National Recording Registry.

Summer's 1977 hit "I Feel Love" is ...

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King: Woman on diverted plane not on watchlists

May 23, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — A US Airways passenger whose claim to have a surgically implanted device led to the diversion of a cross-Atlantic jet is not listed on terrorist watchlists or law enforcement databases, according to a congressman briefed on the incident.

Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., who chairs the ...

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